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What you write can be used against you in a court of law. Edwin Kane found that out when a sentencing judge considered some of his published advice on how to train a wife and how to defraud the government in rebuffing his bid to avoid jail. Now, a federal appeals court has rejected the Rochester, N.Y., man’s argument that his First Amendment rights had been violated. The 2d U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the trial judge merely used the material to rebut mitigation evidence that Kane was good and caring man given to random acts of kindness. “The First Amendment does not bar the government from putting the lie to a defendant’s proof at sentencing,” the appeal court concluded. U.S. District Judge Charles Siragusa sent Kane to prison for two years for defrauding federal housing programs. Kane’s oeuvre includes Mastering the Art of Male Supremacy: Training Techniques on the Home Front, which endorsed using “a rolled up newspaper on the rump once in a while.” Another of Kane’s books gave tips on how to run real estate and mail order schemes. Eight lives to go . . . The verdict is in: Lewis lives. To the delight of animal lovers who traveled to Bridgeport, Conn., Superior Court from as far away as Utah and Florida, Judge Patrick Carroll III declined to order Lewis, the celebrity serial-scratching cat, put down. Instead, he placed owner Ruth Cisero in a program that will erase a reckless endangerment charge if she completes two years probation and 50 hours of community service. Lewis must abide by a restraining order that prevents him from leaving Cisero’s home. If he does, Cisero could face up to six months in prison, and Lewis could again face death. “There are no exceptions,” Carroll warned. “None.” Neighbors complained that Lewis attacked at least a half-dozen people, including the Avon lady. Prosecutor Charles Stango lamented that few news reporters showed up the day before, when an 18-year-old man faced charges that he stabbed a 17-year-old to death. “That’s the human tragedy we see every day,” he said.- Associated Press Love on the rocks She came to the courthouse to have a domestic violence petition issued against her boyfriend. But Amanda E. Thompson was the one who was arrested. The woman was busted at the Logan County, W.Va., courthouse after officials were tipped that she had hidden illegal substances in a coffee cup she was carrying. A marshal said he found a rock of crack and two pipes. The tipster, the Logan Banner reported, was her boyfriend. -Associated Press

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